RH Rugs Page 6 BEN SOLEIMANI: the RUG SCION

FOREVER SCANNING THE HORIZON, SOLEIMANI ABSORBS SIGHTS AND SOUNDS THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME NEW TEXTURES, TONES, WEAVES AND MOTIFS. SIMPLY WALKING THE STREETS OF PLACES BOTH FAMILIAR AND NEW SERVES AS ARTISTIC INSPIRATION. THE ARC OF A VINE OR THE RHYTHMIC ARRANGEMENT OF MOORISH TILES MIGHT TRANSFORM INTO A COLOR, A DISTINCTIVE SHAPE OR ONE OF THE EVOCATIVE TEXTURES THAT DISTINGUISH HIS HANDCRAFTED RUGS. FOR SOLEIMANI, TEXTURE IS PARAMOUNT. RUGS WITH A SUBDUED PALETTE AND UNDERSTATED MOTIFS FEATURE EXTRAORDINARY LAYERS OF DEPTH: THICK WOOL BRAIDS OR SILKEN LOOPS, LUSCIOUS SHAG OR OPEN-KNOTTED PILE. "THE COMPLEXITY IS IN THE TEXTURE, NOT IN THE LINES," HE OBSERVES. 6-YEAR-OLD BEN SOLEIMANI ON A PERSIAN SILK CARPET

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